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GLENWOOD CITY — District Administrator Tim Johnson addressed the school board Monday evening about a couple of concerns about the current school budget and the budget for the next school year.
First he noted that the January pupil count indicated that there were 719 children of school age in the district, “the same count as in September,” he told the board. “But that does not mean that we have 719 in the school.”
A couple of issues are affecting the budget. One was a “bus issue” and the other is open enrollment.
Johnson said that the district has purchased a 15 passenger bus, but is also looking to purchase a used bus. “There are a lot of buses for sale, but it’s hard to find a good bus,” Johnson said.
The Glenwood City School district has experienced a loss of revenue because of open enrollment. Johnson indicated that the district has had more students opting out than those coming into the district for a number of years. Currently, Johnson said, “there are 30 more students opting out than coming in, and that amounts to almost a quarter of a million dollar cost to the school district.” Another budget item that the district has to contend with is the cost of medical insurance. “We spend close to a million dollars on health insurance, not quite, but close,” he informed the board.
Board member Chuck Draxler addressed the board about a couple of items including the scholarship that the board controls. After addressing a couple of the scholarships, he came to the Russell Meyer Scholarship and moved that the board approved awarding 11 scholarships this year with each being worth $1,500.
Draxler also addressed the school’s weight room and requested that the open hours be clearly posted so that community members were aware of the open schedule. He also noted that at present there are only five or six community members using the weight room, but that number will grow during the spring months, he noted.
Dr. Lisa Kaiser, Lori Klinger, Chuck Draxler and Sally Standaert all attended the national Wisconsin Association of School Board Convention January 23-25 in Milwaukee, Draxler had been voted to represent the Glenwood City school district in an earlier board meeting to vote on policies.
Middle/High school principal, Patrick Gretzlock, brought forth a recognition of the high school honors band, mentioning that 52 students and two instructors held on January 26 in Durand. Gretzlock was impressed with the dedication and accomplishments the band has made this school year.
The Board of Education also approved the upcoming calendar for the 2019-20 school year with graduation taking place on May 23.
During the meeting the Board of Education:
• Approved a $500 donation from Tyler Doornink to the Technology Club.
• Approved a donation of $348 from Boxtops for Education for the GCE PTC.
• Approved Board Policy 533.3 Co-Curricular Vacancies and Job Descriptions.
• Approved Extra and Co-Curricular Handbook/Letter of Assignment – Section 1.01 – Personnel and Negotiations.
• Approved individual teacher contract with inclusion of certain co-curricular positions – personnel and negotiations.
• Approved District – issued scholarships and amounts.
• Approved the 2019-20 calendar.
The Glenwood City Board of Education will meet again on February 11 with a committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a board meeting at 6:30 p.m.